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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2004 04:25:36 PM »

Here is the $100,000 question: where are the URBAN,ALTERNATIVE,HIPSTER craft fairs..or music festivals...or gatherings?  Does anyone have ANY advice about where the freaks go to find cool stuff?HuhHuhHuhHuh

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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2004 04:39:33 PM »

yeah, i know what you mean. there's no really good craft fairs in the toronto area... most of them are just full of the more traditional crafts, and the funkier ones cost a bomb.

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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2004 08:56:25 AM »

Just a little story.

I participate a traditional Farmer's Market here locally once a month. There are like you said tons of teddy bears and tea cozies. Well there is ONE non-traditional guy selling funky colored t-shirts. And he sells them big time! Because those moms and grandmas bring their teenagers who are bored to death looking at tea cozies, and they gather around this funky t-shirt guy and have fun. Not to mention they buy! Because there is nothing else for them to buy at those places. That is how I sell my hats too. His buyers are boys. My buyers are girls, boys are to shy with me  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2004 09:24:21 AM »

There are lots of them, all over the country... you just have to know where to look.  Someone already mentioned the Bazaar Bizarre (Boston, Cleveland & L.A.), and there's the Handmade Bazaar in Portland.  There are also things like the Alternative Press Expo, which is mostly zines and comics, but people sell plenty of other DIY goods as well (last year I did quite well selling my Grunions).  Look around on the web a little, searching for what you want, but remember to also search for things related to what you're looking for (selling body jewelry, I would look into not only alternative craft fairs, but also music-type events that will let you sell, or maybe even tattoo conventions).

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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2004 06:09:47 PM »

There is also the Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh, PA


and the Bizarre Market in Richmond, VA



Also, for the ladies, check out www.ladyfest.org

Most of the Ladyfests seem to have a sale built into the event somewhere.  I went to Columbus, Ohio's in May and there was a craft fair on the last day, in the same building as the workshops.  It worked out well!

Another option might be zine fairs.  It seems to depend on the fair whether crafts and such are acceptable or not.  I went to the Philly Zine Fest in July and there were some crafts there, though, true, many of them were made by zinesters or people who had made at least one publication, or some paper goods.  It depends on how liberal the definition of the show is, I would say...
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« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2004 06:54:09 AM »

ANT! (Arts'n'Things) is throwing its third event of 2004 at the Worcester Artist Group in beautiful Worcester, MA on Sunday, October 10 from Noon to 5pm.

ANT! is basically a big gathering of all kinds of creative types, showing and selling their creations in the spacious and oh-so-factory/galler-like confines of the WAG. Admission is FREE to the general public. Artists pay a measly $10 for a space at ANT!, provide their own tables, set-up, what-have-you and we've had great turn-outs for the first two ANT!(s)...

WE STILL HAVE ROOM if you want to participate.

PLEASE contact me at doug@dsquared.org and let me know you want IN on ANT!

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« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2004 09:12:52 AM »

I don't know which city you're in, but Bizarre Bazaar is good, plus Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn
(http://www.artistsandfleas.com/home.htm) brings out all kinds of crazy hipster kids.

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« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2004 10:00:55 AM »

i know what you mean.  i've had some luck finding local DIY fairs by word of mouth...  through my network of friends and their friends, y'know?  if the area you live in has lots of hipsters but not necessarily hipster craft fairs, maybe you could organize one!  try asking people you know if they know other people who are crafters.  you can all group together to take out ads, rent spaces for events, etc.  if nothing else, it's really cool just to meet more people in your area who make cool stuff, and actually GET you.

check out http://www.craftmafia.com/ .
« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2004 08:32:42 PM »

I don't know which city you're in, but Bizarre Bazaar is good, plus Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn
(http://www.artistsandfleas.com/home.htm) brings out all kinds of crazy hipster kids.

do you know what kind of pricepointthey usually have at artists and fleas? im worried my stuff might be too pricey, but it sounds like a great thing to do when im in town!

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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2004 03:20:09 PM »

wanphatkatt -

I feel ya, I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and have to gear my crafts to tourists. It sucks but there are not too many alternative people other than hippies. I try and tone my crafts down. I'm totally interested in seeing your work. Maybe post a picture?Huh I want to get my septum pierced and cannot find any cool jewelry. Do you do plugs???

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